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Expert Opinion Series - Episode 1 - DCS Talks to Centiel

In the first of a series of interviews with leading industry experts, David Bond, from our series sponsor company, Centiel, shares valuable thoughts on and insights into current data centre industry challenges and opportunities – with sustainability and skills very much the focus. He also reveals what keeps him busy away from the workplace.

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DCS talks to NKA about the innovative @RACK MDDS

Sergio Afonso, Sales Director at NKA Tech, discusses the innovative @RACK Mobile Data Destruction System - which recently won the DCS Awards’ Data Centre ICT Security Innovation Award - explaining the many advantages it offers over the existing alternatives. He also shares some exciting future plans in terms of expanding both the @RACK portfolio and market coverage.

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Time for a data centre sustainability revolution

James Rix, Project Director, Global Lead for Data Center & Mission Critical CoP, Arcadis Consulting (UK) Ltd, provides a detailed, nuanced and expert analysis of the opportunities and challenges facing the data centre industry when it comes to the supply chain, skills and, crucially, sustainability. He argues that it is time for the industry to abandon its ‘softly, softly’ environmental evolution in favour of a strategic thinking and technology revolution.

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Best practice data centre optimisation

Dean Boyle, CEO and Co-Founder of Ekkosense, discusses the importance of AI and VR driven thermal optimisation for live data centre environments – helping organisations to address their sustainability objectives as part of an overall corporate ESG strategy.

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Lack of skills threatens data centre disruption

Mike Meyer, Managing Director, Portman Partners (Executive Search), provides some fascinating and expert insights as to why the data centre and wider digital infrastructure sectors are facing an imminent skills shortage, suggesting that innovative thinking and actions are required to address the situation before it becomes a significant bottleneck to ongoing digital transformation in both the business and consumer worlds.

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Decentralised data centres offer sustainability edge

Richard Clifford, Director of Solutions at Keysource, discusses ways in which the data centre industry can address its Net Zero obligations with a range of technology and strategy innovations. In particular, he believes that next generation edge, with data centres being constructed and integrated into local communities, offers some significant sustainability benefits, so long as all the stakeholders understand the opportunity.

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Looking under the covers at the ‘legacy problem’

Robert Reuben, Managing Director of Proceed Group, provides some fascinating insights into ‘the legacy problem’ – how many companies struggle to understand the various interdependencies of their existing IT infrastructure, applications and data, at a significant financial and operational cost to the business; and proving a potentially significant obstacle to upgrading and optimising their IT environment for the demands of the digital age. Robert explains that it doesn’t need to be this way!

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Promoting a powerful data centre industry proposition

Mark Yeeles, Vice President of Schneider Electric’s Secure Power division in the UK and Ireland, shares his enthusiasm for his new role as he seeks to bring many years’ experience (including most recently within the company’s Industrial Automation division) to bear on the data centre industry. He believes that the sector has an important, positive role to play in both enabling and implementing digital solutions.

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DCS talks to Hillstone Loadbanks at Data Centre Transformation 2023

DCS talks to Hillstone Loadbanks at Data Centre Transformation 2023

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Expert Opinions

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By Kiran Bhageshpur, CTO at Qumulo.
By Ian Wood, Senior SE Director at Commvault.